June 27, 2008

Making The Most Of It

Posted in Journal, Purls of Wisdom tagged , , , , at 6:16 pm by Jenn

It is expensive living in Baku.  The prices are unbelievable.  So I’ve decided that I’m going to make the most of it and cook with the inexpensive vegetables that are plentiful.  With a little help from Allrecipes.com I’ve discovered some wonderful new recipes. 

Last night we had Chicken Dilly Sandwiches and tonight we are having Mediterranean Chicken with Eggplant.  Some of the ingredients that are plentiful right now include:

Eggplant

Tomato

Cucumber

Dill

Cilantro

Onion

Potato

I just did a simple search for “Dill and Chicken” and another for “Eggplant” and came up with some wonderful ideas.

A few tips about using the website:

1.  Always read the comments.  People make the recipes, modify them slightly and then comment.  Some people are just ridiculous with their rating for example the recipe calls for chicken, pasta and tomato….the person decides to use beef, rice and tomato instead, then rates it one star….UMMM, maybe try it with the suggested ingredients and then make MAJOR modifications next time.

An example of how to use the comments.  Tonights dinner calls for eggplant.  In the recipe it says to soak the eggplant in a salt water bath.  I read the comments and several people suggested putting the eggplant in a collander, sprinkling with salt and letting stand for 20 minutes.  I chose to use this method instead of what the recipe called for.

2.  Recipes that have 4-5 stars and lots of comments are usually winners.  I had Thanksgiving dinner last year with a majority of the recipes from Allrecipes and it was a huge success.

So that’s it.  I’m not getting paid by Allrecipes, though if they have an opening I’d gladly take it (I have this yarn habit I need to support).

Speaking yarn next in my que the Baby Surprise Jacket.  I hope to be able to begin that as soon I finish the Hoodie Baby Blanket that I’m making for Kriszti.  Also in line are the Clapotis (I know, I hate the name too, but it’s really beautiful), and after visiting my friend Christine’s blog today and ogling over her Nutkins I’ve decided that I MUST make them afterall!  I have the perfect yarn. 

Oh, and I got my partner for the Summer Yarn Swap….shhh, it’s a secret!  Did I mention lately that I love swaps?  I mailed my package for the HSKS5 this week!  I hope it arrives much faster than the last….stay tuned.

 

March 16, 2008

In A Nutshell

Posted in Journal, Purls of Wisdom tagged , , , , , at 8:05 pm by Jenn

I haven’t felt much like blogging lately.  I have been spending a lot of time on the computer, but just not in the blog world.  Ravelry takes up a LOT of my time.   I’ve been trying to find things to knit with all this yarn that I’ve accumulated.   Now that spring is officially here I feel like knitting something to wear other than socks.  I’m thinking a tank or lightweight sweater will be nice.  Problem is, I don’t think I have enough yarn which means…I’ll have to order more~  : )

The political environment between the US and Belarus has been interesting lately.  We’ve definitely had an interesting week.  That’s all I’ll say about that for now, but I’m sure if you do a search in Google News on “Belarus” you’ll find some articles to bring you up to speed. 

In the swapping world things in my HSKS4 are winding down.  I’m just waiting on the grommets to come in to finish my partners bag and then I can get her package in the mail.  This swap was a little too “over the top” for my tastes.  There hasn’t been as much interaction as I’d have liked between me and my partner or the house I was sorted in to.   Not sure if I’ll be returning to Hogwarts next semester. 

Tomorrow is my official first day at the new job and with so much going on around here right now, I’m sure it’s bound to be interesting!  Wish me luck!

I promise to visit all of my blog buddies this week and I need to find my blog mojo and get my final post up on Thirty Voices.

January 7, 2008

Pins and Needles

Posted in Journal, Purls of Wisdom tagged , , , , , , at 12:22 am by Jenn

This weekend I’m on pins and needles, anxiously awaiting my partner assignments for the 3 swaps that are getting underway.  I’ve joined the Be My Valentine 2008 swap on Ravelry, The Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap 4 and the Hot Cocoa Swap

Packages don’t have to be mailed out for a while yet, but since I’m overseas it takes about 2-3 weeks for items to get to me, so the sooner I get my partners the better.  Besides I want to get in on some of these year end sales before it’s too late… 

Voting for the next project of the Sexy Knitter’s Club is also in full swing.  I’m not really interested in the patterns that are winning at this point, so I may end up sitting my first round out!  That’s ok, it will give me more time to learn some new stitches and work on my first sweater!  Need to find a pattern for that.  Besides, I’ll be busy with these swaps and the Sock a Month 5 Knit Along.  I’m about 75% finished with my second sock!  I’m hoping to be able to finish it by Tuesday and have a picture posted to the blog (and have it count for my “January Sock” – I’m still undecided about my next sock pattern, maybe a toe up one this time).

I didn’t realize that there were so many fun groups and things involved with knitting.  Thanks Mom and Heather for getting me back in to this!  Maybe next year we’ll have to plan a visit to a European Knitting Convention (note to self – look up european knitting conventions).

 I finally figured out how to get my Flickr pictures to Ravelry – operator error so now my projects and stash can be viewed!  It was a very productive Ravelry weekend!

At some point I need to focus on this report for the American Dietetic Association (ADA)!  In fact, no time like tomorrow!  I’m going to devote at least two hours a day this week to the project in hopes of making progress.  I have what I believe to be a great contact who should be able to provide a wealth of information.  I’ll need to do a separate post on the project because I don’t believe I’ve mentioned it before, but in summary I’m going to do a country profile on the nutrition profession and nutritional concerns in Belarus.

When am I going to have time to work?